Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Femetalism's Top Picks for Bloodstock 2015

The annual pilgrimage to Bloodstock Open Air Festival begins in but a few short hours.  This year the Femetalism team have splashed out and invested in tickets of the VIP variety and we are very much looking forward to sampling some of those 100 real ales in the Serpents Lair VIP Bar. Oh yes! But what bands are we looking forward to seeing and where will we be over the weekend?

Having looked through the confirmed set times for the festival, I can't help but notice the distinct lack of female musicians on the big stages, despite having Within Temptation and Delain headlining stages over the weekend. That said, there are some blooming awesome sounding bands heading out onto Bloodstock stages throughout the weekend and so it seems this year, Bloodstock have again gone for quality over quantity.

Here is a quick run down of the bands we recommend you check out:


Sophie Lancaster Stage


Last year this Bournemouth based dual-fronted prog-laced metal band really blew us away on the New Blood Stage and we are delighted to see the band back at Bloodstock after also appearing at Wacken this year. Metaprism take to the stage at 7.15pm.

Red Rum

We saw Red Rum perform at Warhorns Festival in 2013 and they will be headlining the Valhalla Stage at this years Valkyrian Festival, sponsored by Femetalism later this year. We are very much looking forward to seeing them perform again, especially at Bloodstock.  This six-piece folk/pirate metal band mix ultra low tuned 7 and 8 string guitars, beautiful mandolin and keyboard melodies. Red Rum take to the stage at 8.55pm.

Sophie Lancaster Stage


Big supporters of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Dutch symphonic metallers Delain have the headline spot on the stage named in Sophie's honour on the Friday evening. They will be onstage at 10.30pm.

New Blood Stage

We Are The Catalyst

Sweden's We Are The Catalyst have been making a name for themselves recently and have been announced as Delain's UK support later this year.  They have also enjoyed global media support of the bands critically acclaimed charity cover release of Don’t You Worry Child in aid of The Fostering Network. We Are The Catalyst will take to the stage at 4.30pm.

Piss Viper

Bringing a brutal recipe of groove and hardcore brutality to the New Blood Stage, Piss Viper have already caused a stir on the UK metal scene, sharing the stage with acts such as; Beholder, Hang The Bastard, Warlord and Xerath. Piss Viper take to the stage at 6.45pm.

Jagermeister Stage

Winter Storm

Winter Storm are a five piece dark melodic metal band from the West Midlands who have supported such acts as Mortad, Delain, Sirenia, The Birthday Massacre, Theatres Des Vampires, Sarah Jezebel Deva, Die So Fluid, ReVamp, Lahannya, Triaxis, Evil Scarecrow, The Eden House and many more. They will also be playing Valkyrian Festival, sponsored by Femetalism in November. Winter Storm take to the stage at 2.50pm.


Ronnie James Dio Stage

Within Temptation

Dutch symphonic metallers Within Temptation will be headlining the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Saturday night. Unbelievable that this will be the first female musician to take to the main stage over the weekend. Within Temptation will take to the stage at 9.30pm.

New Blood Stage


BloodYard are a 4 piece groove/death metal band, based in North-West England who have shared the stage with bands such as Evil Scarecrow, Monument, Scordatura, Savage Messiah, Foetal Juice, Warlord, and Meta-Stasis. BloodYard take to the stage at 3.45pm.

Akarusa Yami

Akarusa Yami are a five piece technical/progressive metal outfit from Nottinghamshire. The band have previously played Bloodstock in 2011. They will take to the stage at 4.30pm.


Post-metal/prog rock band Sumer have played at several renowned venues already across the South East and London including The Underworld, The Barfly and Hard Rock Cafe and have recently signed to London independent Wild Heart Records, where they are currently recording their debut EP. They take to the stage at 6.45pm.


Ronnie James Dio Stage


Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum have been on Femetalism's wish list for some time now and we are really looking forward to seeing them play Bloodstock this year. We recently interviewed Emmi Silvennoinen about their new album One Man Army. Ensiferum take to the stage at 4.35pm.

Sophie Lancaster Stage


Triaxis are a heavy metal band from South Wales. Formed in 2006.  Their first album received critical aclaim from such places as Zero Tolerance, Metal Hammer and Terrorizer. Their third studio album Zero Hour was funded through a PledgeMusic campaign, which achieved 100% of its target in nine hours via unprecedented support from Triaxis fans. Trixais take to the stage at 11am.

Dead Label

Irish metallers Dead Label began touring in 2012, including support slots with Machine Head, touring in Japan and Europe. They have also toured extensively in the UK, European festivals and club shows as well as a seven week US tour. Their next album is due for release later this year. Dead Label take to the stage at 12.40pm.


Alunah merge elements of doom, psych and classic heavy rock with earthy hypnotic vocal melodies to create their sound. Currently signed to Napalm Records, this Birmingham band have played European dates with artists such as Saint Vitus, Trouble, Paradise Lost, High on Fire, Fu Manchu, The Sword; and festivals such as DesertFest (Germany and England), Heavy Days in Doom Town (Denmark), Up in Smoke (Switzerland) and Hard Rock Hell (Wales). They take to the stage at 2.20pm.

New Blood Stage


London based melodic death/groove metal band Skarthia released their debut album Retaliate in 2012 and have previously made it to the Metal 2 The Masses finals. This year however, they made it through to play the festival and they will take to the stage at 10.30am.

Tombstone Crow

Offering melodic yet shredding guitar solos, pounding drum rhythms and super aggressive female vocals, Tombstone Crow wowed the Hobgoblin fans and secured their place at Bloodstock through public voting. The band released their first full-length album in 2014 and have been touring throughout the UK. Tombstone Crow take to the stage at 12pm.


Blackened death metallers Incipit are from Norway and bring with them an uncompromising and furious attitude, their music is rooted between black and death metal with lyrical content exploring every dark aspect of mankind. They started recording their debut album this year, which is completely self financed and self released. Incipit take to the stage at 12.45pm.

Wretched Toad

Wretched Toad are from the North London/Barnet area who draw on a variety of influences from classic rock, metal, blues, funk and a lot more besides to create a unique sound. The band are currently working on a second album, following a well received first album. Also pleased to see Sylvy on drums after the great show her other band Jackknife Seizure put on at last years Bloodstock. Wretched Toad take to the stage at 7.30pm.

So, it seems to be coming somewhat normal for the New Blood Stage to have the largest number of female musicians on stage.  It makes me wonder why? Is it because women are only just starting out in metal from the underground up? Is it because its the fans that put the bands on that stage? Or is it simply a coincidence? Either way, we are in for a real treat this year.  Keep your eyes on the site for our photos of their sets and any other goodies we might share over the weekend.

Tickets are still available from here if for some reason you have yet to buy them. \m/

Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.